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Horsepower Fantasy Racing: Picks for the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen

It seems like NASCAR has already had a week where things have gone backwards and sideways coming out of Pocono.  Sunday’s conditions improved, then went away, then looked promising, and went away again.  Move the race to Monday, and it just gets even wackier.

Rain was there for a slight time, but then suddenly fog rolled in.  Spotters couldn’t see the cars, and drivers couldn’t see much in front of them.

Fans knew it was a crazy weekend, and in the end Chris Buescher took advantage of it, and celebrated his first win in the top series of the sport.  The win made the Chase Grid rather interesting, more interesting than when Tony Stewart won in late June.

Everything went backwards and sideways, and it seemed to be a theme because things are backwards this week, especially the direction of racing.

It’s back to the road course at the repaved Watkins Glen International, where the racing is in a clockwise motion, with more rights than lefts.  What is also backwards is pit road.  The front tire changers now must change the rear, and make their way around the spoiler and the gas man, while the rear tire changers now have to work around a hood and hot engines.

The only time NASCAR has everything backwards this week, and it’s got the writers scrambling to decide who will be victorious.  Here’s who they chose to win the Cheez-It 355 at the Glen:


Misan Akuya:  Tony Stewart

Looks like in his last season Smoke has heated up.  With a win, four top-fives, and five top-10’s in the last seven races, with the two other finishes due to a crash and a speeding penalty and the latter still resulted in the 12th.

Stewart is also attempting to sweep the road courses for the second time in his career.  Doing this would tie him for the most road course wins of all time with Jeff Gordon (nine).  The Glen has been perhaps his best track with five wins.  A sixth is in the cards for sure.

Rob Blount:  Kyle Busch

No reason given.

Mary Jo Buchanan:  Jeff Gordon

800 starts!

Stephen Conley:  NO PICK

Deadline passed with no pick submitted.

Billy Fellin:  Brad Keselowski

Testing crash be damned, Kez has what it takes to win at The Glen.

Ashley Hobbs:  Kurt Busch

No reason given.

Ashley Hull:  Tony Stewart

No reason given.

Kara Martin:  NO PICK

Deadline passed with no pick submitted.

Ashley McCubbin:  Kyle Busch

No reason given.

Klarissa Mitchell:  Carl Edwards

No reason given.

Dustin Parks:  Tony Stewart

I really want to pick Gordon in his milestone start, but knowing he’s only here temporarily to fill in (and yes, he made that clear), I have to look at the other statistics.  That means go with the guy that can sweep the road this year.

Patti Rodisch:  Jeff Gordon

Sal Sigala Jr:  Kyle Busch

No reason given.

Rob Tiongson:  Jeff Gordon

Cause why not…anything is possible with the man driving on the track and Jeff Gordon is making his 800th Cup start.  Congrats, champ.


Standings after Pocono:

Sal Sigala Jr. (659) Brad Keselowski finished 2nd – 2

Ashley McCubbin (652) Chase Elliott finished 33rd – 2

Ashley Hull (621) Martin Truex Jr finished 38th – 8

Patti Rodisch (597) Jeff Gordon finished 27th – 3

Dustin Parks (580) Joey Logano finished 37th – 1

Rob Blount (579) Joey Logano finished 37th – 4

Rob Tiongson (553) Brad Keselowski finished 2nd – 2

Klarissa Mitchell (539) Chase Elliott finished 33rd – 1

Misan Akuya (535) Carl Edwards finished 8th – 3

Billy Fellin (532) Joey Logano finished 37th – 2

Mary Jo Buchanan (526) Martin Truex Jr. finished 38th – 3

Ashley Hobbs (484) Jeff Gordon finished 27th – 2

Stephen Conley (479) Kyle Busch finished 9th – 1

Kara Martin (477) Kyle Busch finished 9th – 1


Summary of Picks:

Kyle Busch-3

Jeff Gordon-3

Tony Stewart-3

Kurt Busch-1

Carl Edwards-1

Brad Keselowski-1

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